Our Wonderful Father

This is simply a walk through the first three chapters of Ephesians.

Paul, an apostle by the will of God, send grace and peace from God our Father to the members of the church -- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, according as the Father has chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world.   (1:1-4) 

We are holy before the Father, who predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus to Himself, to the praise and glory of His grace, wherein He has made us accepted in the beloved Son, in whom we have redemption through His blood, forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of the Father’s grace, wherein He has abounded toward us in all wisdom. 

Having made known unto us the mystery of the Father’s will, according His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself, and He might gather together in one all the fullness in Christ, even in His Son, in whom we have obtained an inheritance according to the purpose of the Father, who works all things according His own will. 

That we should be the praise of the Father, those who first trusted in Christ, In whom you trusted when you heard the word of truth, in whom, after you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit promised by Christ, which is the earnest of our inheritance, unto the praise of the Father’s glory.   

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ - the Father of glory - may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the acknowledgement of His Spo is Son, that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, and that you may know the hope of the Father’s calling, and the riches and the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in heavenly places, far above every principality, power, might, and every name that is named.

The Father has put all things under Christ’s feet, and made Him head over all things to the church, which is Christ’s body, the fullness of the Father, that fills all in all.   

And you hath the Father quickened, who were dead in sins.  God the Father, who is rich in mercy for His great love with which He has loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has He quickened us together with Christ.  

The Father has raised us up together, and made us sit in heavenly places in Jesus Christ, that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ, for by grace are you saved through faith.  It is the gift of God the Father, not of works.  We are the Father’s workmanship, created in Jesus Christ unto good works, which the Father has before ordained that we should walk in them.   

Remember you were Gentiles in the flesh, without Christ, and without God the Father in the world, but now in Christ Jesus you are made nigh to God the Father, for Christ is our peace, who broke down the middle wall of partition between Jew and Gentile, abolished the enmity, that He might reconcile both Jew and Gentile to the Father, in one body by the cross, for through Christ we have access by one Spirit to the Father.  

You are no longer strangers, but fellow citizens with saints and the household of God the Father, and are built upon the foundation of the apostles, with Jesus Christ the chief cornerstone.  In Christ all the building fits together and grows into a holy temple in Christ, in whom you are built together for an habitation of God the Father through the Spirit.

I Paul am a prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles -- if you have heard of the grace of God Father given to you, how that by revelation He made known unto me the mystery, which in other ages was not made known, but is now revealed to Christ’s holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ by the gospel, whereof I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God the Father, by the effectual working of His power.  

That I should preach to the gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men know what is the fellowship of the mystery, which has been hid in God the Father who created all things by Jesus Christ, that the church might know the manifest wisdom of God, according to His eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.  

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend, the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God the Father. 

Now unto the Father, who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus through all ages, world without end.   Amen.